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Darkness Visible: Awakening Spiritual Light Through Darkness Meditation [Paperback]

Ross Heaven , Simon Buxton

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The first book to examine the spiritual and therapeutic practice of retreat in physical darkness to explore inner light. The use of ceremonial darkness is a classic and cross-cultural method for exploring hidden aspects of unconscious and super-conscious states, accessing invisible landscapes and embracing the deeper recesses of the self. In "Darkness Visible", Heaven and Buxton examine the spiritual and therapeutic practice of taking retreat in physical darkness. For millennia mystics and sages have used darkness as a spiritual tool for breaking with their pasts, prior conditioning and the limited reality of their societies. Spiritual seekers from many traditions - Celtic, Eastern, indigenous North and South American, Tibetan and African - have used darkness as a tool for spiritual enlightenment. Heaven and Buxton show how experiencing complete darkness, even for only a period of hours, brings about a remarkable clarity and mental stillness and, thus, provides a springboard for creativity, intuition and spiritual development.

They include exercises that explore lucid levels of dream consciousness, drawing both from their experience as teachers of this method and from the many cultures that include this practice in their spiritual traditions. "Darkness Visible" shows how deprivation of sight can truly teach us to see. This book shows how experiencing complete darkness over prolonged periods helps in developing mental clarity and creativity and draws upon many indigenous and spiritual traditions that use this technique.


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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the darkness and find out yourself 26 April 2014
By C.J. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book of shamanism that looks into the darkness to find answers to the deepest questions of being. I loved reading this singular issue.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's alright. 31 Mar 2012
By Talitha Kumi - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has some value, propagates some interesting ideas and is written with an engaging sense of style. I am always happy to see books written that espouse the truth of the value of darkness and the problems that duality (good/light and dark/bad) presents, and how it's made our culture intensely one-sided.

However, I felt the book was written with a more "new age" bent and did not adequately prepare the reader for the very real dangers of darkness meditation and working with what comes out of the unconscious as a result of it. There is a reason that both monsters and treasures, Tartarus and Elysium exist in the darkness of Hades together- darkness brings out a variety of things we term "good" and "evil", and not all of them want to give you a hug and assure you that you're a special and unique snowflake. Also, I wasn't thrilled with some of their mythological references, which showed they didn't have a very thorough understanding of said mythologies beyond what is popularly represented: such as regarding humans as merely the "playthings" of the gods (anyone with an understanding of the Orphic cults can see through that one). Also, the exercises are incredibly cookie-cutter, and remind me of a Terry Lynn Taylor book about angels that I read in college.

So, for the serious practitioner or for someone looking for a book with real bite, I would suggest you seek elsewhere.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected just a bit more from Simon 25 Feb 2013
By Jef Vanbockryck - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading Simon's other book, "The Shamanic Way of the Bee", I probably had too much expectations, because the bee-book was so utterly fantastic.
So it had to disappoint a bit. And it does, because it contains a lot of true stories about people going into Darkness Visible retreats, which is fine by itself, but this tends to leave me feel hungry for more insight.
Maybe because the Darkness Visible way is all about experiencing it yourself and then writing about that is far away from that, so the book medium might not be the best choice here.
Nevertheless, the topic attracts you somehow to go for a Darkness Visible retreat yourself.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness is the light 22 April 2012
By Rathael G. Fambro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, like all the author's books, is a very profound piece of work. It demonstrates that everything originates in darkness or blackness. Light or white light, is really an illusion. It is simply a component of black light, which is the mother of all. It's the same with humans. The original is the Black African, all others spring from that source. Carbon, which translates to Melanin in skin pigmentation, is the foundation. These are not racist rantings, but divine truth. The Creator/tress, made it thus.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 July 2014
By Adamsmba86 - Published on Amazon.com
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great book
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